Everyone deserves to have a beautiful smile to show off. Although, as we grow older our teeth can lose their luster and become stained by foods, dark beverages, and certain medications. You don’t need to be self-conscious or embarrassed about your smile.
A common solution for dark or stained teeth is teeth whitening. When done correctly, this safe process transforms discolored teeth into a radiant smile.
What Is Teeth Whitening?
Teeth whitening, or bleaching, is the process of removing stains and discoloration from teeth. This is commonly done with an application of a hydrogen peroxide solution that penetrates the tooth enamel or outer layer. This causes oxidation. Molecules become translucent or close to it.
After the teeth whitening process, teeth appear whiter. If there are tough stains to eliminate, multiple treatments can be used and repeated.
This tried and true cosmetic dentistry method can revitalize your smile.
At-Home vs. Dentist’s Office
Whether you are considering at-home vs. dentist-supervised teeth bleaching, it is recommended to consult a licensed dentist. A dentist will determine if whitening is the best course of treatment for your teeth.
The difference between at-home treatments and those in the dentist’s office is the strength of the solution. Under the supervision of a dentist, a stronger solution is applied and can reduce the number of treatments needed. Instead of going through packs of whitening strips, you may be able to take one trip to the dentist.
A dentist can also monitor the amount of whitening agents used to avoid teeth sensitivity. Discuss what whitening treatments you intend to use for recommendations.
However, at-home teeth whitening provides additional support to professional cleanings and whitenings. There are over-the-counter solutions that help you maintain whiter teeth. These are very helpful for those that drink coffee or tea every day.
Types of Teeth Whitening
There are many safe and effective ways to whiten your teeth. With the right combination of dentistry services and at-home maintenance, you can smile confidently.
Toothpaste mainly uses abrasives to get rid of surface stains but some also utilize peroxide in small amounts. With regular, gentle brushing it can remove any potential discoloration built-up throughout the day and provide gradual brightening.
Mouth Rinses with Whitening
Whitening rinses are a simple, easy to use option. A swirl around in your mouth makes your teeth gradually brighten. The whitening agent quickly comes in contact with teeth to help prevent new stains. This is a great follow-up after professional teeth whitening.
Whitening Trays or Strips
Whitening trays and gel strips contain a peroxide solution that is left on the teeth, avoiding the gums.
At-home bleaching requires multiple uses of trays or strips once a day for a certain amount of time. Instructions, depending on the strength, require a 10 to 20-day commitment.
Professional bleaching uses a higher concentration of peroxide that produces the same or better desired effect. A light may also be used to accelerate the impact of the bleaching process.
Consult your dentist by calling 410.690.4855 to see which teeth whitening process is right for you.
Alternatives to Teeth Whitening
Whitening is not always recommended for certain patients. However, there are alternatives to teeth bleaching if it is not a viable option. A common solution for tough stains is dental veneers.
Some stains are too strong for whitening processes. In order to cover darker discolorations, dental veneers are used. Dental veneers are a thin, custom-made cover that adheres to the tooth surface. This is an ideal alternative for those that smoke since the resins used in veneers are stain-resistant.
Teeth Whitening at Columbia Smiles
The dental team at Columbia Smiles provides teeth whitening and other dentistry services for a better, healthier smile.
Our services include: